These blisters are also on the pinch area of the skin caught between the joint and the shoe and can often present as blood blisters.

What causes these blisters?

Mainly footwear

the width of your shoe is not wide enough on these areas and they pinch the skin causing a blister. If you measure around the big toe joint and the little toe joint, this is considered to be the widest part of your foot and the shoe manufactures base their shoe sizes on that area being the widest part of the shoe. So if you buy a wide fitting shoe, this where the width of the shoe would be at its widest. 

Bunions of the big and little toe

these take up much more room in the shoe and have to be accommodated for otherwise the skin will blister due to pressure

How can you prevent these blisters from forming?

Increase the width of the shoes

there are plenty of shoe manufacturer’s that provide extra width fittings in shoes for any activity, New Balance- are great for running, walking and casual activities, Clarks are another for casual shoes. If you are a female, then switch to male shoes as they are always more generous in their width fitting.

Engo patches

applied to the inside of edge of the shoe that corresponds to where the blister is on the toe. If you are unsure where the toe is relation to the insole, then put a fabric plaster on the toe that is affected by the blister, mark it with a permanent marker pen and put your foot back in the shoe, the black marker pen should rub off onto the shoe. Accurately marking the area of pressure in the shoe, apply the engo patch on the marked area on the shoe.

Lace locking

makes such a difference and is so undervalued, more often than not, the foot will move to the front of the shoe, where the shoe is smaller in width and this could be the cause of the problem.

Armaskin liner Socks

Armaskin liner socks could work really well for this area as they will reduce the friction at the insole- shoe junction, these will only work, if the width of the shoe is suitable.

Biomechanical Assessment may be required by a Podiatrist if all the measures above have failed to resolve the blisters on these areas. They will be able to establish why those areas are experiencing an increase of pressure to cause the blister in the first place.